Roof Cleaning St Ives provides a professional roof cleaning service for home and business properties in St Ives and surrounding villages/towns within a 35 mile radius of Bournemouth. Having your roof cleaned is a relatively speedy way to improve the look of your house, by removing moss and more that has accumulated up there.
As a roof ages and get more porous, they are gradually affected by moss and debris. Keeping the roof clean and without moss and dirt can be challenging for most householders and becomes a major problems.
Would it not be nice to have your roof look new again?
Why should I have it cleaned?
A really serious build-up of dirt, moss on roof tiles and other natural growth may cause you major issues with your roof and the life-span of the tiles will eventually be compromised too. If you neglect your roof, you’ll find these organic growths will rapidly spread out of control with their roots finding their way into weaknesses in the tiles of the roof, progressively widening them throughout time until cracks emerge. Like all living organisms they need water to survive, and once it has rained, they’ll act like a sponge retaining as much water as they can. Once it finds its way in the cracks into your roof it might well cause serious and expensive deterioration to the rafters and joists. Finally you could well become aware of moss that has dislodged and fallen down the roof into your gutter which in time can lead to overflowing rainwater from your gutter which saturates and damages your fascia boards. In truth, arranging to have the roof cleaned is a required service for a number of reasons.
For many though wanting a clean roof is entirely an aesthetic decision and we don’t blame you for that! Roofs can become very unsightly due to organic growths like lichen and moss, and this is when a roof cleaning service is vital. Roofs are also periodically discoloured and stained by a common place bacterium called gloeocapsa magma affecting the natural appearance of your otherwise beautiful dwelling. Of course, this bacteria growth is completely normal however it isn’t pleasant to see and it can over time damage your roof. Comparing a clean roof and one that hasn’t been cleaned can be night and day. After months and years of seeing your roof get dirtier and dirtier wouldn’t it be brilliant to see it looking almost as good as new again?
The next question is, “Is this a easy DIY job that I should have a go at doing myself?” Let’s look at some evidence to propose what the best way to do this is.
Should I just clean it alone?
The biggest reason why most people don’t clean their own roof is since it usually means working at a height where most of us wouldn’t feel safe or comfortable. At these heights any type of tumble can result in a very serious injury.
Additionally, many would expect getting your roof cleaned requires pressure washing but it doesn’t have to and here are some reasons why in most circumstances a roof should not be pressure washed. High pressure cleaning may remove moss from your roof, but the aggressive jets of water may dislodge the tiles and other roof fittings, risk flooding the loft space and it’s more than likely that the moss will simply grow back!
High pressure washing also affects the longevity of the tiles which could result in more trouble further down the road with many tile manufacturing businesses also advising against this manner of roof cleaning.
Power washing a roof is the least ideal option as this can often dislodge or break weak tiles due to the pressure of the power washer but can also harm your roof when disturbing the tiles from walking on them.
Many dodgy companies who do this kind of work, think it is easy money and that it does not need any skill. How wrong can they be A job like this requires a level of skill and attention that we can provide. Using the correct roof access equipment, the correct tools and our skill and understanding we can deliver a roof cleaning service that pleases you without you needing to put yourself at needless risk.
Which are the best ways to have my roof cleaned?
It is recommended that you have your roof cleaning done by a company that specialises in this area. One of the gentlest yet most beneficial ways to get rid of moss on your roof and clean your roof is by employing the scraping approach. By using a 9″ scraper in dry conditions will easily flake off any moss on the roof without leaving any scratch marks on the tiles .
Don’t forget – with this approach the tiles are not damaged and there is no flood risk, unlike other methods such as pressure washing.
Another effective method is to use chemicals. Applying a fungicide/moss killer after the moss has been gently removed will absorb into the tile but most importantly into the overlaps of the tiles killing off any tiny moss spores, lichen and all other organic growth on the tiles. This roof cleaning process can take some time once the excess moss has initially been scraped away but again the tiles remain intact and with the added application of specific chemicals this will stop the moss from returning for many years making this method the most worthwhile.
What is the process?
We will supervise the roof carefully before starting any work, to identify the best cleaning method to use depending on your roof. Then we will look at what’s growing there and the best approach to take to remove the growth. Then we can start to work on eradicating the roof of organic colonising growths by getting right into the moss root system and killing the spores. You’ll notice an instant improvement and continued change as time progresses.
Below are some of the local towns and villages we cover
We can cover 35 miles around Bournemouth including all surrounding areas including:
Some things to think about.
We’ve already looked at some other elements that can affect having your roof cleaned. Now, look at the following.
- Size of dwelling and the size of the roof.
- The level of vegetation that is present on the roof.
- Type of roof – e.g. in the case of a thatched roof, no water is involved.
- Accessibility of the roof.
- How high is the roof?
Keeping the aforementioned points in mind, don’t risk serious damage to you or damage to your home by trying to do your own roof cleaning. Fill out the quote form or ring us for your quote, and leave it to the pros.